Afigh Iwaad Ekid, the umbrella organization for youths in Ekid nation of Akwa Ibom State, has charged the Federal Government to intensify intra-states border security control to combat terrorism in the country.
The public relations officer of the organization, Mr Joe Etukudo, disclosed the position of the organization while speaking with journalists after the swearing-in of new executive officers of Afigh Iwaad Ekid at Eket.
Etukudo, who has been serving in various capacities of image making of the organization, acknowledged the Federal Government’s efforts to check insurgency in the North, believing that the armed forces, working in collaboration with the international community, will succeed in crushing Boko Haram.
The spokesman sympathised with the parents of the over 200 students abducted by Boko Haram at Chibok, in Borno State, calling on youth organizations to cooperate with security agencies by reporting the activities of strange persons and groups in their areas.
Etukudo lamented that Boko Haram has done incalculable damage to the nation, appealing to youths particularly the girl child whose education has been affected not be discouraged or lose hope but take a cue from Malala the Pakistani girl and pursue their education to a logical conclusion.
The spokesman disclosed that Afigh Iwaad Ekid would commence a fund raising programme in aid of Boko Haram victims.
“We shall also embark on effective enlightenment campaign in collaboration with other youth groups of the Niger Delta States to redirect the mind set of those in the South-south states, especially the youths to be on the watch out against the infiltration of dangerous sects from other regions of Nigerian states. Meanwhile, the leadership of Afiigh Iwaad Ekid, has been urged to draw from the experience of past leaders in their desire for community and state building.
This was stated by the first grand patron of Afigh Iwaad Ekid, Gen. Anthony Etukudo (rtd), during a `thank you’ visit by the vice president, Mr Etiene Bob, and other executive members to his residence at Afaha Eket in Eket LGA.
Etukudo commended the new executives for exhibiting maturity throughout the period of campaigns ahead of their election, adding that it was a true reflection of the cultural qualities of the people of Eket federal constituency.